Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: WHAT IS SPEECH AND DEBATE?
A:  Revere offer three main types of speech & debate (also called forensics).  They are:

DEBATE:  If you like to research and argue on big, important issues, there are two types of debate. One is where two students compete directly one-on-one (Lincoln-Douglas or LD) or and the second is where a team of two students faces an opposing team of two (Public Forum or PF). In LD, the resolutions change every two months, and usually deal with broad concepts such as the basic rights of individuals in society. Ethics and values weigh heavily in LD debate.  In PF, the resolutions change every month, and usually deal with a specific issue of current events, either in the U.S. or globally. 
CONGRESS: Want to discuss current legislation affecting our nation? Perhaps you even want to write bills or resolutions. In Congressional Debate (also known as Student Congress) students propose and argue their own legislation in a mock Senate or House, and learn the positive values of being a politician and convincing a large group of other students to vote their way. Congress is for students with an interest in current events such as the death penalty and the use of guns by police forces. 
INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: In the Speech side of speech and debate, there are nine different events that make up oratory, Interpretation or extemporaneous activities, Some of these are aimed at the more theatrical students, including a number of solo and duo variations, both humorous and dramatic, where students literally interpret scenes from plays of shows by taking on the roles—sometimes multiple roles—of the various characters. (These are called DI, dramatic interpretation; HI, humorous interpretation; and DUO, duo interpretation; for short). There are also events where the student presents an informative speech, or a combined prose, poetry and oratory piece (These are called INFO or POI, and are new events in Ohio in 2015-2016). Additionally, one can write and deliver an original oration (Called Original Oratory or OO) or present a famous person’s speech in oratorical interpretation (Called OI). Finally, there are two types of extemporaneous speaking (dealing with current news and issues), known as U.S. Extemp (USX) or International Extemp (IX).  One has to be quick-thinking and quick-speaking in these events, as you learn your topic just 30 minutes before delivering your speech on it!


BIGGEST DIFFERENCES --- In DEBATE, topics change and what you do in the way of preparation changes.  In CONGRESS, there is a different “docket” every week and students debate and discuss 6-8 different bills at each tournament.  There is a greater emphasis on WHAT YOU SAY, how well it is researched and supported, etc. In INDIVIDUAL EVENTS, (with the exception of Extemp.) you learn ONE PIECE and present that piece the entire season.  Preparation is easier, but there’s more of an emphasis on perfection….HOW YOU DO IT.


Q:  WHAT GROUPS GOVERN SPEECH AND DEBATE?
A:    There are rules and regulations as part of both state and national speech & debate organizations.  Revere is a member of the Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL), which runs speech and debate activities all over the State of Ohio and hosts the State Championships on the first weekend of March.  Revere competes in the Akron District of the OHSSL, one of six districts in the state.  You can find out more details at the OHSSL web site, www.ohssl.org. 
          Revere is also a member of the East Ohio District of the National Speech & Debate Association (formerly known as the National Forensic League).  Interested students can also compete for the right to represent revere at the National Speech and Debate Championships, which are held every June.  You can find out more details at the NSDA web site, www.speechanddebate.org.  NOTE – Our students become members of the National Forensic League, and earn “points” and “rankings” in speech and debate.  You can list these on your college application, resume for a job, etc.  Also, we have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed (see page 4) and also have our own web site, www.reverespeech.org. 



Q:  HOW DO I PREPARE FOR COMPETITION? LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE EVENTS? 
A:  There’s an old saying in music circles – “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”  The answer is one word – practice.  Revere has weekly practices for all student competitors, beginning in the second half of September.  We will practice two days a week until mid-season, then we will move to weekly practices and ‘self-practice’ sessions for students at home, with the assistance of parents. Revere also competes in an Akron & Canton District NOVICE TOURNAMENT each late October.  Additionally, we offer JUDGES TRAINING for parents/guardians of students.  We must have one judge for every four students who compete in speech and debate tournaments, on average. Also, you can do a “Google” search and read stories and watch videos about each speech/debate event.


Q:  WHAT IS A TOURNAMENT LIKE? 
A:  Almost all speech & debate tournaments are on Saturdays. A typical torment runs from about 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. (Yes, that is a very long day) We get to RHS at around 7 a.m. where we go on buses to different high schools in Northeast Ohio.  There are four rounds in a one-day tournament and anywhere from 6-8 rounds on a two-day tournament. Each round in a speech tournament can run anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a debate round can run anywhere from 45-50 minutes.  The “top six” finishers in each tournament usually win a trophy or award. This past season, we had Revere students brining home trophies or awards about 8-10 times.



Q: WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A TOURNAMENT? 
A:  One simple outfit that looks like “business attire” is sufficient. If you have a suit, wear it. For boys, a shirt & tie, a blazer and dress shoes are appropriate. For girls, dresses or blouses with skirts or slacks, and conservative dress shoes are appropriate.



Q:  WHAT ELSE CAN I GAIN FROM SPEECH & DEBATE? 
A:  Besides all the learning and growth benefits mentioned on page one, Revere offers academic “Letters” for those who represent the high school in speech and debate.  If you attend practices regularly and attend six or more tournaments, you earn an “R” which you can wear on a sweater, jacket, etc. Our coach, a college professor, also writes letters of recommendation for our students. Once in college, you’ll learn that skills gained in speech and debate help you in writing last-minute papers too!


Q:  WHO RUNS THE SPEECH & DEBATE PROGRAM AT REVERE?
A:  We have a terrific combination of people making Speech & Debate successful.  Revere Schools hired Professor Kerezy, who is our regular coach. Additionally, Revere Schools pays for buses, entry fees, and memberships for speech and debate. We have a very dedicated student leadership crew, including seniors Leah and GRACE CAO, juniors VICTORIA LIU, SZOFIA WIKSELL, EMILY FISCHER, JACK KREW and MELISE WILLIAMS, and sophomore NOLAN MOORE.
          Also, we have a non-profit parents organization, called Revere Speech & Debate Boosters, which help promote our program and help us provide judges for tournaments. 




The Speech and Debate world is constantly changing. This means that every year, new events are made, some events are deleted, and events are changed as well. This year, the Ohio High School Speech League and the National Speech and Debate Association have begun to recognize 2 new events: Informative Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation. Click the button above to view details about these new events.

The Speech and Debate world is constantly changing. This means that every year, new events are made, some events are deleted, and events are changed as well. This year, the Ohio High School Speech League and the National Speech and Debate Association have begun to recognize 2 new events: Informative Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation. Click the button above to view details about these new events.

The Speech and Debate world is constantly changing. This means that every year, new events are made, some events are deleted, and events are changed as well. This year, the Ohio High School Speech League and the National Speech and Debate Association have begun to recognize 2 new events: Informative Speaking and Program Oral Interpretation. Click the button above to view details about these new events.

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